CSV (Comma Separated Value)


Definition: CSV or comma-separated values (or comma delimited) describes a data file in which there is a comma between two pieces of data to allow applications to read the information correctly.

What This Means: This is one of the most significant aspects of managing education data. Spreadsheets, student information system applications, and most other software packages can produce these simple CSV files as the most expedient way to exchange data. CSV files can also be read by the human eye—an advantage over EDI, XML, and other formats. However, continued reliance upon CSV files for exchanging education data is holding back progress in many agencies. Software vendors and education agencies should be transitioning to more interoperable standards such as XML (SIF).


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